Today was an interesting cycling in downtown traffic. It was bumper to bumper traffic and I was waiting behind a car and a van with an Ontario license plate sped up behind me, honking and swearing at me. He screamed, “GET ON THE F****ING SIDEWALK WHERE YOU BELONG, YOU ECO TW*T”. I just sat there and laughed at his ignorance. Maybe I should install a go-pro on my helmet and record some of the impatient drivers... I am not saying all Ontario motorists are like this. When I stayed in Toronto for three months, most were courteous and aware of cyclists. :)
Another issue is motorists running red lights. There are zero cameras at intersections in Fredericton and motorists know that they can get away with it. If there were consequences, I imagine we would see an end to this. You know you’re a Frederictonian when you look to make sure no one is running a red before entering an intersection, even though you have a green light.
City council often overlooks the cycling culture in Fredericton, but over the past 10 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of cyclists. Dare I say that it’s becoming mainstream? Let’s hope it continues to grow, or to at least impress Congress 2011! Fredericton is growing to be a reputable and green innovative city and I am excited to see what it will look like in the future.